Report: YouTube Streams All Of A Sudden The Count Of Billboard 200 Chart
A sign of the times?
The digital age has changed the way most of us listen to music, with album sales crashing to the ground as the music, streaming services to take over the industry.
Three years ago, Billboard changed the way in which the graphics of the music through the incorporation of digital streams, and its Hot 100 already has a YouTube account to play (remember when the "Harlem Shake" hit #1?). Now, the definitive classification of what is the music heard by the public, is reportedly ready to make an even more controversial change by the inclusion of YouTube views in the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
The report, by the HitsDailyDouble's "rumor mill" suggests that the movement is the end result of an effort on the part of YouTube's Global director of Music Lyor Cohen, who was once an exec at Def Jam, Warner Bros and 300 Entertainment.
According to the report, the new system will also take into account user-generated clips that incorporate music.
Billboard still has not made an official announcement regarding the decision, and as there are many unanswered questions. Unlike streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music, there are many duplicate versions of songs on YouTube — you views from all the different loads of songs and albums be counted? There will be protection against the artificial inflation of points of view?
There are more questions than answers about the plan, but it is another firm reminder of just how dramatically the landscape is changing for record labels and artists in this day and age.